2013 and beyond

It's pretty simple: the most birds seen or heard from one's yard during 2013 will be the "winner". Want in? O.k....then do it despite that.

2013 promises to be a lot less mean but still a carbon-free birding competition, even if slightly less exciting than a MEGA x EPIC hybrid.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

WELCOME 2011 Pledges!

Here ye Here ye -- The fraternal order of Beta Iota Rho Delta welcomes the following two new members to our Beta Lambda Omega Gamma.

As a fellow Yooper, I take great pride welcoming J.D. "W.W.J.D." Philips of Marquette Michigan to the 2011 Yardbird Competition. There was considerable debate among our ranks whether or not J.D. was worthy of the Competition as he recently allowed the Secret Service to deny him a life yardbird when President Obama visited the U.P. last week. J.D. coward to these jack-booted Government thugs when they keep him from crossing the street (chicken?) so he could add the White Gull of the North to his yardlist. Above the chorus of WEAK and FEATHERWEIGHT our Beloved Order has decided to give J.D. a chance at redemption, and indeed he is showing promise; adding Glaucous Gulls just two-days after what was undoubtably a tramatic expericence.

The second featherweight I'd like to welcome is, David Shoch, Internationally known seabird guru (check second from bottom -- http://www.cheesemans.com/sogeorgia_oct12.html) that lives in one of those eastern states (Virginia, maybe?). His main qualification for joining the ranks is that he found the BLOG on his own (our nicknames can't mask our true identities forever), his backyard is a registered HMANA site, and he owns a camera. Most importantly he has the right attitude on what this is all about, the appropriate perspective on you all, and his advice proved prophetic. From the archives:

10 March - 2010

What are you doing hanging out with these


Like I can talk – I “just happened” to google yard lists and found this website, and feel so relieved to know I am not alone in my madness - I’m actually in the process of setting up a HMANA hawk count at the house.

I was impressed to see you put your construction skills to birding use. Are you going to set up an audio recorder on your roof? Got to catch those night migrants (that’s how you’re going to win).

David is known to me as Boots and I will let him explain why.


J.D & Boots how about a synopsis of your yard, it's location, size, and a puerile attempt at trash-talk? Best of luck to you both and I hope one of you proves worthy enough to claim 2nd-place.


  1. Welcome aboard gents! Let all of us be forewarned- we are already losing to a newbie: Boots has wintering BLVU, FICR, YBSA, and YRWA! Crikey.

  2. Your mom and I had Common Redpolls in my yard when we crawled out of bed this morning. (How's *that* for puerile trash talk?)

  3. J.D., that's not possible because she was having coffee with me while watching the return of the Red-bellied Woodpecker (#24).

  4. J.D.- talking like that you're gonna fit right in. And I believe it was Mrs. Haas you were referring to.

  5. HAAAA!!!

    Yeah- fucking right!!! Like any of you singularly or collectively could satisfy Mamma Haastage Taker

    good luck!

  6. Skyler- I hope she isn't checking this blog, mainly for your sake!


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